Rasmussen: ObamaCare still unpopular

posted at 11:36 am on March 29, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

It’s been over a week since Congress decided to put government in charge of health care.  Democrats say Americans will get used to the idea.  So far, though, the likely voters polled by Rasmussen don’t appear to be much moved at all.  The same 54% that want ObamaCare repealed last week want it repealed today, while only 42% oppose a repeal:

One week after the House of Representatives passed the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats, 54% of the nation’s likely voters still favor repealing the new law. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 42% oppose repeal.

Those figures are virtually unchanged from last week. They include 44% who Strongly Favor repeal and 34% who Strongly Oppose it.

Repeal is favored by 84% of Republicans and 59% of unaffiliated voters. Among white Democrats, 25% favor repeal, but only one percent (1%) of black Democrats share that view. …

Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, notes that “the overriding tone of the data is that passage of the legislation has not changed anything. Those who opposed the bill before it passed now want to repeal it. Those who supported the legislation oppose repealing it.”

Frankly, I expected those numbers to drop after a few days.  Americans have a pragmatic sort of optimism in adversity, and after ObamaCare’s passage, I figured that would take the form of a “wait and see” attitude.  Democrats made a lot of promises about this legislation, and there would be some impulse to wait to see how this bill fulfills or fails them.

Certainly, Democrats in office had hoped for that kind of response, but thus far, they’re not getting it.  That may be due to some of the unpleasant details that the media have finally reported.  Businesses are having to take big charges on lost tax credits, and promises over pre-existing condition treatment raised expectations to unrealistic heights.  Instead of making lives easier, the bill has already made lives more complicated.

The real test will come in Rasmussen and other polling around September.  If 54% of people still want it repealed — and that opposition has remained relatively unchanged for the last several months — then Democrats won’t have anywhere to hide.


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but only one percent (1%) of black Democrats share that view. …

Damn … Johnson’s Great Society has destroyed the black community. Obama wants to make sure it stays that way.

darwin on March 29, 2010 at 11:38 AM

2010: Repeal and replace.

2012: Repeal and replace.

petefrt on March 29, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Say it ain’t so, Joe!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cybergeezer on March 29, 2010 at 11:40 AM

And this is before the taxes and layoffs hit.

Bishop on March 29, 2010 at 11:40 AM

I like how Obamacare=forced purchase.

Good job democrats!

daesleeper on March 29, 2010 at 11:40 AM

— then Democrats won’t have anywhere to hide.

They can always go back to their whale poop shelters.

Cybergeezer on March 29, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Not even the leftist Democrats have discovered how to make chicken salad out of chicken dung . . . but I’m sure they’ll keep trying.

rplat on March 29, 2010 at 11:43 AM

I think the polls will remain low unless the implementation is smooth.

So far, I can’t see even a chance of that happening. LOL*

It’s a disaster of an implementation plan.

What was brilliant about SS and Medicare was the implementation. Completely even-handed, fair, and equitable.

This?

oy vey.

AnninCA on March 29, 2010 at 11:43 AM

National Socialist Democrats:
You’re going to want National Socialist Healthcare, whether you like it or NOT!

Chip on March 29, 2010 at 11:44 AM

There are thousands of companies that will be joining Cat, AT&T, Deere and Verizon in reporting the lost tax credits this week.

farright on March 29, 2010 at 11:44 AM

It’s all because of the republican lies and misconceptions….so said Chuck Schumer.
Yeah, republicans have really owned the media.

carbon_footprint on March 29, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Rasmussen: ObamaCare still unpopular

Never saw that coming.

JamesLee on March 29, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Obama’s last book:

“How to Piss Off Everybody In One Step, or Why I Lost the Presidency”

BobMbx on March 29, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Frankly, I expected those numbers to drop after a few days. Americans have a pragmatic sort of optimism in adversity, and after ObamaCare’s passage, I figured that would take the form of a “wait and see” attitude

Step away from the computer Ed, step away from the blogs or get out of Minnesota and get back into the real world.

The people are pissed and the more we see statements from companies like AT&T, the more pissed we will get.

Where am I?

Knucklehead on March 29, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Disapproval is likely to go higher as people get a better understanding of what they’re in for. Cuts in Medicare benefits for seniors, hikes in state tax bills as states struggle with all the new Medicaid costs the HC law dumps on them, and significantly higher HC insurance premiums for everybody. (The American Enterprise Institute estimates that middle-class Americans who are dumped by their employers into the insurance exchanges — as most will be — will end up spending 1/4 of their take-home income on HC insurance).

The HC law has probably already seen the highest level of public approval it’s ever going to have. It’s all downhill from here, Dims, and you fools own it all.

AZCoyote on March 29, 2010 at 11:47 AM

And as all the 85% who were happy with their coverage hear from their employers and insurers what changes are in store….

perries on March 29, 2010 at 11:47 AM

It’s all because of the republican lies and misconceptions….so said Chuck Schumer.
Yeah, republicans have really owned the media.

carbon_footprint on March 29, 2010 at 11:44 AM

The only people Chuckie can influence are his parasitic nanny state lovers.

rplat on March 29, 2010 at 11:47 AM

What was brilliant about SS and Medicare was the implementation. Completely even-handed, fair, and equitable.

This?

oy vey.

AnninCA on March 29, 2010 at 11:43 AM

I agree. The Ponzi schemes that last the longest are the ones with the best plans.

BobMbx on March 29, 2010 at 11:47 AM

The Clenis 10% bump prediction turns out to be a flat, run over cat.

farright on March 29, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Wikipedia:
Democrat – established species of extreme parasite primarily living on United States economy.

Cybergeezer on March 29, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Ed, I hope you cover Obama’s statement in Afghanistan about how the US never quits!
Then find the Ass. Press piece in Sept. of 2007 where the then-candidate Obama promises to withdraw troops from Iraq because there is no “military solution” there.
H/T Mike Gallagher

carbon_footprint on March 29, 2010 at 11:48 AM

I think the polls will remain low unless the implementation is smooth.
So far, I can’t see even a chance of that happening. LOL*
It’s a disaster of an implementation plan.
AnninCA on March 29, 2010 at 11:43 AM

The implosion of an economy is Never smooth, but hey! Anyone who has wondered what it was like during the decline and fall of the Roman empire will get to see just what it was like – only this time with even much more death and destruction!

Whoopee!!

Chip on March 29, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Keep testing it weekly but it will never be Homecoming Queen. Right now it’s sitting in the Audio Visual Club hoping to get a spot in the Chess Club.

sherry on March 29, 2010 at 11:49 AM

People don’t know all the details, but they know that when you’re playing musical chairs, if they take away a couple chairs and add lots more players, that doesn’t increase the odds of finding a chair.

RBMN on March 29, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Rasmussen: Horse Turds Still Taste Awful.

BigWyo on March 29, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Big F-ing Deal.

Good Lt on March 29, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Eliminating the unborn and the elderly is unpopular?

This nation needs more moral decline!

Keep voting democrat!

daesleeper on March 29, 2010 at 11:53 AM

(The American Enterprise Institute estimates that middle-class Americans who are dumped by their employers into the insurance exchanges — as most will be — will end up spending 1/4 of their take-home income on HC insurance).

AZCoyote on March 29, 2010 at 11:47 AM

If that’s true, then no one will buy insurance. They’ll just pay the fine. Which I guess is the intention of the Dems from the start. This gets them to a single-payer system in only a few years.

Doughboy on March 29, 2010 at 11:54 AM

“It’s not ‘unpopular’! It’s ‘holding steady’. Great news for the Democrats! Somebody needs to ‘talk to’ Scott Rasmussen about getting his sample right – needs more Democrats – plus 10% at least” – State Media.

forest on March 29, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Americans will get used to the idea
If that’s not one of the most patronizing ideas I ever heard, find me some others just as bad. We’ll get used to being slaves to Democratic whims!!!

jeanie on March 29, 2010 at 11:55 AM

As the housekeeper (don’t know her name) on Two and A Half Men said: “You can roll a turd in powdered sugar but that doesn’t make it a jelly donut”.

sicoit on March 29, 2010 at 11:57 AM

The same 54% that want ObamaCare repealed last week want it repealed today,

Wait till it goes into effect that % is going to sky rocket.

Dr Evil on March 29, 2010 at 11:57 AM

What was brilliant about SS and Medicare was the implementation.

The “implementation” had nothing to do with it.

It was SOLD to the public as a solution to a problem without any details or long-range consideration for the costs down the road. It didn’t account for unintended consequences or changing circumstances. SS was never intended to supplant retirement savings, but that’s essentially what it’s done for too many people. Medicare wasn’t supposed to cover “everybody” and replace private insurance (which is better), but that’s what it has effectively done. Obamacare isn’t intended to bankrupt he treasury or disrupt the economy or decrease the quality and availability of health care in the United States for all people, but that’s what it is and will continue to do.

It’s the policy itself – not its implementation – that is flawed.

Good Lt on March 29, 2010 at 11:58 AM

I believe that October is open enrollment month for health insurance plans.

The new rates and plans available are distributed in the businesses so people can make their selection and have all the forms back by November. This enables the insurance companies to have the changes ready to go on 1/1.

So people will get the new health insurance rates just a few weeks before the election.

Karma.

Wethal on March 29, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Certainly, Democrats in office had hoped for that kind of response, but thus far, they’re not getting it.

Gee, maybe sending the fithy lying dictator out on a PR tour would help.

Seriously, the WaPo featured a guy who drove 50 miles to use his bullhorn outside the staged event that the filthy lying dictator did in Iowa. That kind of anger isn’t going to abate anytime soon and it wouldn’t be there if the public thought this was good legislation.

highhopes on March 29, 2010 at 12:00 PM

I believe that October is open enrollment month for health insurance plans.

The new rates and plans available are distributed in the businesses so people can make their selection and have all the forms back by November. This enables the insurance companies to have the changes ready to go on 1/1.

So people will get the new insurance rates just a few weeks before the election.

Karma.

Wethal on March 29, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Sorry for the double post.

Wethal on March 29, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Ann in Central Arkansas:

Don’t you worry, sweetie; When the economy implodes, Obama’s minions (IRS agents) come and confiscate your computer, stainless utensils and cookware (weapons), and you get a splinter in your butt from using the out house; Obama Care will remove that splinter, and you can still say “Well; Things could be worse!”

Cybergeezer on March 29, 2010 at 12:02 PM

This just in:

Water is wet.

tommylotto on March 29, 2010 at 12:02 PM

What a shocker this thread title is!

OmahaConservative on March 29, 2010 at 12:04 PM

You people had better $#^%$ well learn to LOVE ObamaCare! It’s for your own good! Nancy and Barry say so! And costs will go down! Nancy and Barry say so! Premiums will not go up! Nancy and Barry say so!

After all, they have all that VAST prior business experience.

GarandFan on March 29, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Rest assured: We are all racist, viciously hateful and violent no-minds.

Captain America on March 29, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Where the hell is Rush, Australia? China?

OmahaConservative on March 29, 2010 at 12:08 PM

White men shun Democrats

OmahaConservative on March 29, 2010 at 12:10 PM

OmahaConservative on March 29, 2010 at 12:08 PM

I’m guessing Afghanistan. He probably flew over with Obama. That would be the only way Obama could draw the crowd he did.

PappaMac on March 29, 2010 at 12:11 PM

The real test will come in Rasmussen and other polling around September.

Yes, because the economy will continue to suck because of Obama’s job-killing agenda.

The content of this bill will be irrelevant due to the can of whuppass the American voter will put on the Democrats due to their complete incompetence and lack of any clear idea of what to do about the recession.

NoDonkey on March 29, 2010 at 12:12 PM

For those who have been saying the people will like this when they find out whats in the bill.The people already know what,s in the bill and there anger will grow.Hey Mr. & Mrs Democrat Liberal congressman SEE YOU IN NOV.

thmcbb on March 29, 2010 at 12:13 PM

The migration of white men from the Democratic Party was evident in the election of Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts. His opponent, a white woman, won 52 percent of white women. But white men favored Brown by a 60 percent to 38 percent margin, according to Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates polling.

Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=915922&category=OPINION#ixzz0jaBu7sqG

OmahaConservative on March 29, 2010 at 12:14 PM

After all, they have all that VAST prior business experience.

GarandFan on March 29, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Obama and his Chicago thug homies have PLENTY of experience in giving people the business, rest assured.

NoDonkey on March 29, 2010 at 12:14 PM

I expect the disapproval rate to increase, not decrease. It passed by bribery, threats, and chicago-thug tactics, NOT because the American people want it! That ticks them (me) off more every single day.

SWChance on March 29, 2010 at 12:19 PM

The real test will come in Rasmussen and other polling around September. If 54% of people still want it repealed — and that opposition has remained relatively unchanged for the last several months — then Democrats won’t have anywhere to hide.

If the numbers hold by Labor Day, the Democrats in the non-safe seats are going to be screaming at their leadership, while Obama, Pelosi, Obama, White House staff and other safe-seat Democratic leaders are going to be making even more disparaging and hateful remarks about the general public for not appreciating their betters.

You didn’t see that lashing out before the election in 1994, because the Democrats didn’t see the Republican takeover of Congress coming — you saw it after the results, as with Peter Jennings’ infamous “Americans threw a temper tantrum on Tuesday” commentary. Faced with the loss of power this time that they could see coming from over half a year away, they’re not going to shy away from pre-election snark and bitterness, as long as they know the snark and bitterness won’t cost them their seats (or, in the media’s case, their jobs) in November.

jon1979 on March 29, 2010 at 12:23 PM

8 in 10 Repubs want it repealed; 6 in 10 independents want it repealed; even 1 in 4 democrats want it repealed. November really could be ugly for dems.

Rational Thought on March 29, 2010 at 12:31 PM

OT but funny.

A Marine squad was marching north of Fallujah when they came upon an Iraqi terrorist who was badly injured and unconscious.

On the opposite side of the road was an American Marine in a similar but less serious state. The Marine was conscious and alert and as first aid was given to both men, the squad leader asked the injured Marine what had happened.

The Marine reported, “I was heavily armed and moving north along the highway here, and coming south was a heavily armed insurgent.
We saw each other and both took cover in the ditches along the road. I yelled to him that Saddam Hussein was a miserable, lowlife scum bag who got what he deserved.

And he yelled back that Barack Obama is a lying, good-for-nothing, left wing Commie who isn’t even an American.

So I said that Osama Bin Laden dresses and acts like a frigid, mean-spirited lesbian!
He retaliated by yelling, “Oh yeah? Well, so does Nancy Pelosi!”

“And, there we were, in the middle of the road, shaking hands, when a truck hit us.”

Pcoop on March 29, 2010 at 12:34 PM

then Democrats won’t have anywhere to hide.

heh

cmsinaz on March 29, 2010 at 12:38 PM

It’s been over a week since Congress decided to put government in charge of health care say F-You to 60% of Americans.

Fixed.

Del Dolemonte on March 29, 2010 at 12:49 PM

I’m just curious, and this a way off topic but every article I’ve read says that the rising gas prices are going to have no affect on the economic recovery. That while it’s bad, americans are going to put up with it because…what else can they do? This time in 2008 every democrat in the country was pissing and moaning about the oil companies and Bush. WHERE ARE THEY NOW!?!?!?

Will someone please raise this issue?

rollthedice on March 29, 2010 at 12:49 PM

Ed, I hope you cover Obama’s statement in Afghanistan about how the US never quits!

Then find the Ass. Press piece in Sept. of 2007 where the then-candidate Obama promises to withdraw troops from Iraq because there is no “military solution” there.
H/T Mike Gallagher

carbon_footprint on March 29, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Newsbusters was all over this story like Bill Clinton on an intern this morning.

Del Dolemonte on March 29, 2010 at 12:54 PM

As more and more companies will be disclosing the costs of Obamacare, how can Waxman intimidate companies into not disclosing their write-downs?

Isn’t that required for proper bookkeeping bye the SEC?

gatorfanatic on March 29, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Where the hell is Rush, Australia? China?

OmahaConservative on March 29, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Mark Steyn just asked the same question-he threw out some numbers relating to “travel time out and back”, which would suggest a foreign destination.

However, it’s wise to remember that a couple of years ago Rush vowed he would never travel outside of the US again, after the disgraceful incident he had with Customs after a trip to the Dominican Republic.

That would suggest maybe he’s back in Hawai’i, or perhaps some other US Territory in the Pacific. Guam? American Samoa? Do they have any world-class golf courses out there?

Del Dolemonte on March 29, 2010 at 12:58 PM

8 in 10 Repubs want it repealed; 6 in 10 independents want it repealed; even 1 in 4 democrats want it repealed. November really could be ugly for dems.

Rational Thought on March 29, 2010 at 12:31 PM

The startling part of this is the word “repeal”. They don’t want a fix, a tweak here and there, or more explanation, they want it repealed.

BobMbx on March 29, 2010 at 12:58 PM

That would suggest maybe he’s back in Hawai’i, or perhaps some other US Territory in the Pacific. Guam? American Samoa? Do they have any world-class golf courses out there?
Del Dolemonte on March 29, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Guam has an Air Force base, so, yeah.

BobMbx on March 29, 2010 at 12:59 PM

nowhere to hide is right.

ted c on March 29, 2010 at 1:00 PM

The bottom line is that most people were happy with their health care coverage, so why would they suddenly be happy when the government changes it?

PackerBronco on March 29, 2010 at 1:05 PM

I think that the jury is out. I personally think that Dems will get credit for ending the practices of private insurance over pre-existing conditions and purging.

And they deserve that credit, btw.

Their argument that the GOP ignored this problem is going to resonate.

I think the upcoming elections will be, as usual, an argument for the middle independents.

Those of you on the conservative side are ridiculous at times.

Ditto for the left.

AnninCA on March 29, 2010 at 1:15 PM

nowhere to hide is right.

ted c on March 29, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Not everyone is a libertarian, ted.

AnninCA on March 29, 2010 at 1:16 PM

54% of registered voters want repeal

291% of ACORN registered voters want it implemented

angryed on March 29, 2010 at 1:21 PM

I think the upcoming elections will be, as usual, an argument for the middle independents.

AnninCA on March 29, 2010 at 1:15 PM

So doeth quoteth Ms. Obvious

Ann, take a look at the polls for Indies….absolutely opposed to ObamaCare.

angryed on March 29, 2010 at 1:22 PM

Instead of Abraham, Martin & John we now have Nancy, Harry and Barry.

NANCY, HARRY AND BARRY

By cheating, bribing, conniving and lying
we’ll soon have the whole nation writhing and dying
children are too costly in dollars and cents
Thus abortion-on-demand at taxpayer expense
And unaborted survivors will rollick in fun
Never growing old-just like ‘Logan’s Run’
Of course this coverage is mandatory for thee
But, because, it sucks , not for Nancy, Harry and me

Picture a changed future. It is sunset and grandpa is fishing in a canoe with his grandchildren. This can never happen again. The children will have been aborted. The old man killed off by a Death Panel decision and, in any event, there will be as national ban on fishing.

MaiDee on March 29, 2010 at 2:11 PM